I asked for a PSA test at my annual check up a day or two before my 71st birthday. That evening my GP telephoned me to make an appointment that week where I was told my PSA level was 43.8. Several appointments were made at our local hospital (Barnstaple) the first being a biopsy (from which I contracted ecoli/sepsis) then three different scans. Fortunately it wasn’t too long before my brachytherapy treatment started at Exeter and my wife and I were able to stay at Baker House while I was treated. Sometime afterwards my treatment continued with radiotherapy at Exeter for 23 consecutive daily treatments excluding weekends. I was extremely worried about travelling 140 miles daily but the staff arranged a taxi that picked me up at home and brought me back from Exeter each day - which was a Godsend.
My only problem was the medication I take for a heart condition. After I had the brachytherapy treatment I was told to resume taking the medication (Rivaroxoban)
after 3 days, which in my case caused blood clots in my urine. I mention this only in case someone with similar or other medication does not have this problem.
I think a good step forward would be a prostate screening programme for men which according to prostate cancer UK they are already working on.
I am very grateful to the medical staff for for the care and treatment I have received and must continue to receive for the foreseeable future.
"Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment"
About: North Devon District Hospital / Cancer Services North Devon District Hospital Cancer Services Barnstaple EX31 4JB Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford) / Oncology Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford) Oncology Exeter EX2 5DW
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